Antoni Sarcevic delivered on his promise to get Fleetwood promoted for the sixth time in 10 seasons as his free-kick settled the Sky Bet League Two play-off final against Burton at Wembley.
Following the semi-final win over York, the former Manchester City midfielder declared he would elevate the Cod Army into the third tier for the first time in their history and, with 15 minutes to go, he proved he was true to his word.
Sarcevic’s 30-yard free-kick was not intended for the net but goalkeeper Dean Lyness lost the flight of the ball and was powerless to prevent the ball arching over him.
It meant Fleetwood, the smallest town to have a Football League club, completed a remarkable journey from North West Counties Division One in the 2004-05 season to League One in a decade.
Burton included Billy Kee in their starting line-up, despite the fact the striker had been at his heavily-pregnant wife’s side until six in the morning with their child due any moment.
Kee had vowed to included ‘Wembley’ in the new arrival’s name should he score in a winning cause, but that looked unlikely early on as Fleetwood flew out of the blocks.
But just as Burton were growing into the game, Phil Edwards’ rash challenge on Josh Morris gave Fleetwood a 75th-minute free-kick from 30 yards out near the touchline.
Sarcevic swept the ball in with his right foot and Lyness got caught under the ball and could only help it on its way into the net for what proved to be the winning goal.